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Cosmonaut Vladimir N. Dezhurov, Expedition Three flight engineer, prepares the Russian Orlan space suit for an upcoming space walk from the Pirs Docking Compartment on the International Space Station (ISS).
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A Walk in Space - Preparing to Leave the ISS
News story originally written on November 10, 2001

The third crew's stay onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is coming to a close. Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin have been onboard the space station since mid-August. The fourth crew, made up of team members Daniel W. Bursch, Yuri I. Onufrienko and Carl E. Walz, will arrive to take their place onboard the space station in December 2001.

Before the third crew departs from the ISS, preparations are being made for their third and final space walk. The space walk will take place on November 12, 2001. The object of this space walk, as it was with the previous two space walks, is to make electrical connections between Pirs and the Zvezda Service Module. Pirs is the newly-arrived Russian Docking Compartment. Space walkers will also install equipment outside of the station.

November 2, 2001, marked one year of humans continuously being onboard the ISS. During this year, 14 spacecraft have visited the ISS and 18 space walks have been made. Also during this year, the station has increased in size with the addition of the Destiny Laboratory, the U.S. solar arrays, the Quest Airlock, Canadarm2 and the Pirs Docking Compartment.

Last modified November 9, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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